I adore the restaurant business and have covered it for more than two decades. So when I see a trendy restaurant being less than courteous, particularly an expensive one, I get frustrated.
A few days ago, I made a pilgrimage to the foodie-Mecca of Oakland, where I have traditionally eaten incredibly well and at great price points. Phnom Pehn house was amazing, their lemongrass chicken and pork is addictive.
So I was very disappointed in almost every aspect of my meal at Boot and Shoe Service. The joint seems to think it is the hippest place that has ever landed in the Bay Area. If I want attitude and a $170 bill for pizza, salad and a couple of cocktails there are plenty of places I can go in SF or NY or Rome or Paris honestly.
I have rarely, in twenty years of journalism, divulged the specifics on places in the past where service or food has been disappointing. However recently I have been encouraged to do so but many friends and colleagues and would welcome your feedback if you think this kind of specific insight is helpful. I personally would prefer a list of where not to go, than where to go from other writers.
Long story short: crowded atmosphere, uncomfortable bar stools and a compete lack of welcome had me wanting to tear out of the place in less than five minutes. Rude and curt bar service, especially when someone expresses interest in the drinks, adds insult to injury. The almost $200 bill was the icing on the cake.
Liza the Wine Chick